Feature List

GeneralSMF Details
Version 2.0.6
Release Date October 22nd, 2013
Author Simple Machines
URL www.simplemachines.org
Free and Open Source Yes
License BSD
License cost 0
Programming Language PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes
Type Flat
Installation method wizard
Upgrade method wizard
Data StorageSMF Details
Postgres Yes
Oracle No
SQLite Yes
Textfiles No
Hosting available No
PostsSMF Details
BBCode Yes
Emoticons Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes
Quoting Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes
Attachments Multiple files
ForumsSMF Details
Categories Yes
Subforums unlimited
Last Post Yes
Redirect Forums Yes
Trashcan Forum Yes
Anti-Spam and SecuritySMF Details
Groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes
ACLs Yes
Blacklist Yes
Warnings Yes
Suspension Yes
Bans Yes
IP-Block Yes
Audit Logging Yes
User Reports Yes
Other An Akismet mod is available
NotificationSMF Details
E-Mail Yes
Instant Messaging  
Bookmarks Plugin
CommunitySMF Details
Avatars Yes
User Ranks Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes
Signatures Yes
Users Online List Yes
Private Messaging Yes
Custom profile fields Yes
ModerationSMF Details
Moderators global, forums and threads
Move Threads Yes
Split Threads Yes
Close Threads Yes
Shadow Topics Yes
Sticky Threads Yes
Important Threads Plugin
SearchSMF Details
Full-text search Yes
Author search Yes
Advanced search Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked
CustomizationSMF Details
Languages 47
Templates global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Plugin
Skin-Editor Yes
Smiley Packs Yes
Plugins Yes
Special FeaturesSMF Details
Statistics Yes
Polls Yes
Calendar Yes
Friendly URLs Plugin
Data ManagementSMF Details
Pruning Yes
Archiving Plugin
Export Formats WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages Plugin
Lo-Fi View Yes


Simple Machines Forum - SMF in short - is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the lay-out of your forum and with our unique SSI - or Server Side Includes - function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other. SMF is written in the popular language PHP and uses a MySQL database. It is designed to provide you with all the features you need while having an absolute minimal impact on the resources of the server. SMF is the next generation of forum software, and best of all it is and will always remain completely free!

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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Security Advisories

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